As with many sports, field hockey goes back to practices in the Middle Ages. It was called crosses or jeu du mail during the Renaissance period, and was played with two teams in each camp. In the second half of the 19th century hockey as we know it today was devised and the first clubs came into existence in Britain. The British took this sport with them to their East Asian colonies, which explains the domination even today of countries like Pakistan and India. India has won the games the most often, 9 times to be precise, 7 of which consecutively from 1924 to 1956. But these Asian teams have now been replaced by those in Europe on account of a change of playing surface. Since the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, field hockey has been played on a synthetic surface and clever stick-handlers have been replaced by physically stronger and faster players, most notably the Dutch, who are the new field hockey kings.